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Childhood visits lay groundwork for lifelong appreciation - Donor Spotlight

Having grown up in Three Rivers, Michigan it was around 30 years ago when Heather Oestrike-Schripsema discovered the Air Zoo. Her many visits as a child and young adult had a profound impact on Heather, sparking her interest in aviation and giving her a different trajectory in life than anyone anticipated. Her interest and determination led to a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy in her senior year of high school.  At age 15, Heather couldn’t wait to get in the Cors... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Dec 16, 2022

Flight is in the Family - Donor Spotlight

As a parent, Autumn Zank found her son, Tyler, was far more engaged with his schoolwork when it was centered around something he was passionate about.  When he discovered his interest in aviation, Tyler translated that into a career in aircraft mechanics.  The Air Zoo’s STEAM education programs offer students the chance to discover and engage interests in aviation and other STEAM studies.  Autumn’s niece, Gabby, joined the Air Zoo’s High School Aviation Educa... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022

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